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Highline Public Schools gives update on School Boundary Changes

Highline Public Schools gives update on School Boundary Changes

On Saturday, April 28, Highline Public Schools released the following update on School Boundary Changes: Members met April 25 to begin sifting through feedback from 10 community meetings, more than 600... [Read more]

FAA Reauthorization Act passes; includes amendments on airplane noise

FAA Reauthorization Act passes; includes amendments on airplane noise

In a big win for Sea-Tac Airport and Washington’s 7th Congressional District, on Friday (April 27) Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s two amendments passed through the U.S. House of Representatives as... [Read more]

Burien City Council holding Retreat at Merrill Gardens on Monday, April 30

Burien City Council holding Retreat at Merrill Gardens on Monday, April 30

The Burien City Council will be attending a Retreat for “the purpose of discussing Visioning and Goal Setting” on Monday, April 30, 2018. This free, open and public meeting will run from 4... [Read more]

Quiet Skies Coalition vows to continue fight against airplane noise, FAA, Port

Quiet Skies Coalition vows to continue fight against airplane noise, FAA, Port

A crowd of around 120 concerned residents gathered in the multipurpose room of Gregory Heights Elementary School on Tuesday night, April 24, to hear updates from the Quiet Skies Coalition…

Residents question Ambaum Blvd. fixes for rapid transit as too expensive

Residents question Ambaum Blvd. fixes for rapid transit as too expensive

By Jack Mayne In March, the Burien City Council was told of plans by Metro Transit to change the right of way for Ambaum Boulevard for the proposed RapidRide H-Line bus rapid transit, and city residents... [Read more]

City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

By Jack Mayne The recycling rate is up in Burien while the Council mulls the possibility of banning plastic grocery bags. The issues were long discussions at the Monday (April 23) meeting of the Council... [Read more]

REMINDER: Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table is this Wed. night

REMINDER: Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table is this Wed. night

REMINDER: The second Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, April 25. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International... [Read more]

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Story & Photo by Aaron Wells Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta marched Monday afternoon (April 23) with the family and friends of Elizabeth Juarez, 13, one of two girls killed in a shooting on March 28. The... [Read more]

REMINDER: Quiet Skies Coalition meeting on airport issues is TONIGHT

REMINDER: Quiet Skies Coalition meeting on airport issues is TONIGHT

REMINDER: The Quiet Skies Coalition will be holding a Community Meeting to discuss the latest news on the FAA and airplane noise over Burien TONIGHT – Tuesday, April 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Gregory... [Read more]

Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) will be Wednesday

Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) will be Wednesday

The second Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, April 25. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International... [Read more]

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, attending Thursday’s community safety meeting at Highline High School, noted that 41% of Highline students are Hispanic and called for a phone tree to reach out to families... [Read more]

State Dept. of Commerce designates areas in Burien as ‘Opportunity Zones’

State Dept. of Commerce designates areas in Burien as ‘Opportunity Zones’

The Washington State Department of Commerce recently designated the following areas in Burien as ‘Opportunity Zones’ (see maps below): Downtown Burien, Five Corners area, Highline High School... [Read more]

After meetings/surveys, School Board selects obvious names for 2 new schools

After meetings/surveys, School Board selects obvious names for 2 new schools

Highline School Board members selected names for two new schools this week, and the names are kind of familiar sounding and obvious – ‘Des Moines Elementary School’ and ‘Glacier Middle... [Read more]

City of Burien to increase police patrol emphasis, starting Thursday afternoon

City of Burien to increase police patrol emphasis, starting Thursday afternoon

Burien City Manager Brian Wilson – working with the Burien Police Department – announced on Thursday, April 19 that he has initiated a directed patrol emphasis. This effort will begin Thursday afternoon,... [Read more]

Community Meeting on Mary’s Place buying former Lakeside Milam is May 14

Community Meeting on Mary’s Place buying former Lakeside Milam is May 14

Local non-profit Mary’s Place – which provides housing for homeless women, children, and families – announced that they are exploring the purchase of the former Lakeside Milam Recovery Center... [Read more]

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Mayor, Council, City Manager & Police Chief

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Mayor, Council, City Manager & Police Chief

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] April 19, 2018 An Open Letter to The Honorable... [Read more]

More airplane noise expected over Burien; Sheriff seeking ways to control crime

More airplane noise expected over Burien; Sheriff seeking ways to control crime

By Jack Mayne Returning and increased airplane noise over Burien is likely after the the Federal Aviation Administration claims that it can ignore potential environmental rules to permit more prop-jet... [Read more]

Starbucks closing all stores May 29 for racial-bias training

Starbucks closing all stores May 29 for racial-bias training

Starbucks announced on Tuesday (April 17) that it will be closing all its company-owned stores nationwide – including several in our area – on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29 for racial-bias training. Training... [Read more]

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht speaks to City Council Monday night

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht speaks to City Council Monday night

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht attended the Burien City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing several questions surrounding gangs and youth-on-youth violence. Story & Photos by Aaron Wells King... [Read more]

UPDATE: Quiet Skies Coalition gets update from City on airplanes over Burien

UPDATE: Quiet Skies Coalition gets update from City on airplanes over Burien

The Quiet Skies Coalition met with Burien City Manager Brian Wilson and City Attorney Lisa Marshall Monday morning (April 16) for an update on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decisions regarding... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Why aren’t these children and youth in Burien receiving this money?’

LETTER: ‘Why aren’t these children and youth in Burien receiving this money?’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Hello Elected Representatives: The OSPI... [Read more]

Water District No. 49 holding public meeting on new reservoir Wed., April 18

Water District No. 49 holding public meeting on new reservoir Wed., April 18

The Board of Commissioners of King County Water District No. 49 invite all to attend a public information meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 6 – 8 p.m. The District is planning to construct... [Read more]

Sheriff, Comp. Plan, correspondence to council & more on Council agenda Mon.

Sheriff, Comp. Plan, correspondence to council & more on Council agenda Mon.

On the docket for Monday night’s regular Burien City Council meeting is a previously-delayed presentation by new King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments, discussion... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Five candidates for Burien Police Chief meet with community

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Five candidates for Burien Police Chief meet with community

Five candidates for Burien Police Chief met with City leaders and community members on Thursday evening at the Burien Community Center. Five candidates vying to become the next Burien Police Chief met... [Read more]